THE KINGFISHER PLAY CAST - SHOW BILL SIGNED CO-SIGNED BY: GEORGE ROSE, CLAUDETTE COLBERT, REX HARRISON - HFSID 310691
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THE KINGFISHER PLAY CAST: CLAUDETTE COLBERT, REX HARRISON and GEORGE ROSE
All three sign the Playbill cover.
Show Bill signed: "Claudette/Colbert", "Rex Harrison", "George Rose", 30 pages, 5¾x9. Playbill for a production of The Kingfisher at the Shubert Theatre. Paris-born actress CLAUDETTE COLBERT(1903-1996) was brought to New York at the age of seven, embarking on a stage career in 1925. Colbert disliked film acting; but audiences responded to her beauty and cultured voice, so she forsook the stage for Hollywood. Her popularity (and salary) skyrocketed after she was cast as "the wickedest woman in history," Nero's unscrupulous wife Poppaea, in the Biblical epic The Sign of the Cross (1932). Colbert showed her flair for sophisticated comedy by winning the1934 Academy Award for Best Actressfor It Happened One Night. (She would be nominated again for Private Worlds (1935) and Since You Went Away (1943). Returning to her first, love, Broadway, she earned a Tony nomination for The Marriage Go Round (1959) In 1961, she returned to Hollywood as Troy Donahue's mother in Parrish. It would be her last film appearance until the 1987 TV movie, The Two Mrs. Grenvilles. Audiences regarded Colbert's name in the credits as a sign of a quality movie. The American Film Institute ranked her #12 on its list of top "screen legend" actresses. Sir REX HARRISON (1908-1990), known for his suave, nonchalant style, starred in the Broadway (1956-1958) and film (1964) versions of My Fair Lady, winning a Tony Award and the Best Actor Academy Award for his role as Professor Henry Higgins. He also won the 1949 Tony for Anne of a Thousand Days and was nominated for the 1963 Best Actor Oscar for Cleopatra. English stage actor GEORGE ROSE (1926-1988), who had first stepped onto a Broadway stage in 1946 (King Henry IV) won a Drama Desk Award for My Fat Friend (1974), and another for The Kingfisher. He won a Tony for a 1976 revival of My Fair Lady (in the role of Alfred Doolittle), and both a Tony and a Drama Desk for his final appearance there: The Mystery of Edwin Drood (1986). Among his other critically acclaimed performances were Coco (1970), She Loves Me (1977) and The Pirates of Penzance (1981). Ink transfer on left margin. Fine condition.
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